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Medi-Cal cut of 10 percent begins next month

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Thousands honor Elvis Presley at Graceland vigil

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Elvis Presley fans from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to Graceland on Thursday to pay their respects to the rock n' roll icon with a solemn candlelight vigil on the 36th anniversary of his death.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Shark attack victim's rescuer describes ordeal

HONOLULU (AP) - A California high school teacher who swam a shark attack victim to shore in Maui says the woman kept repeating she was going to die as she clung to him with one arm.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Emergency US court hearing on NV mustang auction

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A federal judge agreed to hear last-minute arguments Friday from wild horse advocates seeking to block the sale of hundreds of wild mustangs, likely for slaughterhouses if a weekend auction goes forward, claiming the animals are federally protected mustangs that were rounded up illegally by a Nevada tribe.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Pistorius to be indicted, trial in early 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Oscar Pistorius will be indicted for premeditated murder on Monday and the double-amputee Olympian will go on trial in early 2014, about a year after shooting dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Power companies dangle free nights and weekends

NEW YORK (AP) - Electric bills have long been take-it-or-leave-it affairs: Pay one rate for all the power you used the month before, no matter when you used it.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


Phillies fire manager Manuel, promote Sandberg

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charlie Manuel was fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, with his team way out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.

August 16, 2013 | Signal Staff | Signal AP


CIA acknowledges Area 51, but not UFOs or aliens

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The CIA is acknowledging in the clearest terms yet the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories about aliens and flying saucers for decades.

August 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California jobless rate increases to 8.7 percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State officials say California's unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July.

August 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Medi-Cal cut of 10 percent begins next month

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A long-delayed cut to California's Medi-Cal program for the poor will take place next month - slashing reimbursements to health care providers by 10 percent.

August 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Students return to school in Okla. after tornado

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Students from two elementary schools destroyed by a tornado last spring returned to classes Friday, eager to reunite with their classmates but worried about what would happen the next time bad weather sweeps in.

August 16, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California PUC joins settlement to bring $750 million to residents

SAN FRANCISCO, August 16, 2013 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today announced a settlement to resolve one of the largest remaining claims of overcharges arising from the California Energy Crisis of 2000-2001. Under the terms of today's settlement, Powerex, Inc., a subsidiary of British Columbia Hydroelectric (a unit of the Provincial Government of British Columbia) will refund $750 million (USD) to electricity consumers in California.

August 16, 2013 | Source: California Public Utilities Commission | Signal AP


US scraps military drills with Egypt - but not aid

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama scrapped plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises Thursday, announcing the first concrete U.S. reaction to the spiraling violence in and around Cairo but stopping well short of withholding $1.3 billion in annual American military aid.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

August 16, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Rockefeller impostor sentenced for Calif. murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A small, bespectacled German immigrant who invented a glamorous life for himself in the United States by posing as an heir to the fabled Rockefeller fortune was sentenced Thursday to 27 years to life in prison for a California cold-case murder.

August 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Tornado death toll rises to 30

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday.

April 29, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Craig Ferguson announces late-night retirement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A few weeks after David Letterman announced he'd be retiring from the CBS late-night television lineup, Craig Ferguson did the same.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


AP survey: China's lending bubble a global threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just as the global economy has all but recovered from debt-fueled crises in the United States and Europe, economists have a new worry: China. They see a lending bubble there that threatens global growth unless Beijing defuses it.

April 29, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sea World orca trainers begin using safety vests

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Trainers at Sea World's marine parks began wearing inflatable safety vests Monday whenever they work near killer whales, yet another safety measure implemented after the 2010 death of a trainer who was dragged into a pool by an orca.

April 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Advertisers leaving Clippers

NEW YORK (AP) - Advertisers are backing away from the Los Angeles Clippers after racist comments attributed to the NBA team's owner.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds probe crash of planes over San Francisco Bay

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A federal transportation safety official arrived Monday in Northern California to investigate a collision between two small planes that sent one crashing into San Francisco Bay.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Toyota moving US base from California to Texas

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - Toyota said Monday that it will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Texas.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


George Clooney engaged to UK attorney, firm says

LONDON (AP) - George Clooney -Hollywood's most eligible bachelor - is getting hitched, according to a London law firm.

April 28, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: 4 in 5 US high school students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine mayor shot; US announces new sanctions

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the unrest in eastern Ukraine.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Stowaway boy's refugee mom cries for son

SHEDDER REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia (AP) - The Somali mother's home is a small shelter with a frame of sticks covered by ragged blankets on the dusty grounds of a refugee camp. It was to her that her 15-year-old son wanted to travel to on an impossible journey as a stowaway on a plane from California.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


All eyes on commissioner in Clippers controversy

The Los Angeles Clippers have Monday off.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Tornado death toll climbs to 17

VILONIA, Ark. (AP) - Emergency officials on Monday began searching for survivors in the debris left by a powerful tornado that carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburban Little Rock, killing at least 16 people.

April 28, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Santa Fe real estate agent takes to using drone

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe real estate agent is taking marketing homes to new heights, along with new complications in federal aviation laws.

April 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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